By Ben DuBose
NEW DELHI -- The ongoing trend toward increased ethane
cracking is offering niche petrochemical producers the
opportunity to fill the propylene gap via on-purpose
technologies, an official with KBR said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC),
Sourabh Mukherjee said North American shale gas was a
game changer with a huge amount of global
At least seven
mega-projects were awarded in the past year, he said, and the
trend for new plants or revamps is expected to continue,
especially with the US price ratios of gas to crude oil at
There are going to be a lot more ethane crackers, so
we dont see a lot of propylene produced in the
foreseeable future from ethylene plants, said Mr.
Mukherjee, head of KBRs basic engineering design team in
That paints a very interesting scenario for how to
fill the yearly propylene gap of 42 million metric
One option is propylene recovered as a by-product from
naphtha crackers and refineries, both of which are common in
the Asia-Pacific region.
An increasingly popular option, however, is niche catalytic
processes, such as on-purpose propylene technologies.
This gives a huge opportunity for niche producers to
come up with solutions to meet huge propylene demand
worldwide, he said. Thats where we introduce our technology.
Further details on KBRs specific
process technologies can be found at the companys website.
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